Sketching and Journaling Holiday
Price: €1300 – ensuite private room
Non-painting partner: €780
This course involves the creation of a traveler’s journal. You don’t need to be an accomplished artist, everyone’s journal is individual using drawings, words and image transfer singular to themselves. That is what makes it so special. Artisitic tuition is always on hand to help build confidence, your jounal will be about an artistic as well as an actual journey.
We will be travelling around in our trusty minibus with a variety of papers and materials, looking at ways to capture the essense of a place and time.
We will use, watercolour, pencils, gouache, watersoluble pen, permanent pen, acrylic, pan pastel and ink sticks – discover for yourself which medium most helps your creativity. Work is created on loose-leaf paper which is then bound into a journal on the last day
A sketch of my friend's library used represent our 40 year relationship. I'm the solid looking one on the left.
There should be so much more to travel than pointing and clicking, – how about taking a really good look, and going home with something more interesting, where every page is a surprise.
Illustrator Seamus Hefferman put it much better than me in ‘An Illustrated Life‘ by Danny Gregory (highly recommended and available through all good bookshops published by Howbooks Ohio).
” Traveling is very precious and fleeting, and most tourists make it less precious and more fleeting by speeding from site to site, snapping photos…. Mediating one’s experience in a foreign land through a tiny camera screen is sinful, so I do my best to translate the fascinating things I see through my eyes, mind and hand. By letting the experience of a foreign land flow through you, it resonates in your memories in ways unavailable to the average tourist. When you spend three hours drawing the majestic expanse of the Roman Forum, you leave with a visceral recollection – the smell of the breeze, the shine of the marble, the murmur of thirty-odd languages intermingling.”
- Day 1:- Around the studios. Beginnners will have a crash course in basic shapes and perspective etc whist experienced artists can get their hand in sketching some pages around our house, we round the day off with a sketching drive putting into practice all the lessons of the day.
- Days 2-5 Trips out and about
- Day 6, Finishing off, finding and augmenting themes and sticking it all together.
Here is a photobook of one of our journaling courses
Here are some examples of the journals created in 2016
Some of my sketches
All illustrations by Caroline Crawford
Moira, Australia, 2016
Shirley UK 2016
Wish I had done this course before I did the others, I wouldn’t have needed to search further afield.
Karyn, Canada, 2013
Rob, UK 2016
Pete UK Sept 2016
my progress has been so much more than I had hoped for.
Anna, Australia 2015
Gera, Australia 2015
Alan , Scotland, 2016
Marianne & Bjorn, Norway, 2016
Rona, UK, 2015 Oct
Rosemary, UK, 2016
Carole & Steve, UK, 2016
Sandra, UK, 2016
Jan & Anthea, UK, 2016
John and Alison, Guernsey, 2014
Srinath & Vasanta, UK, 2016
Tricia,NY, USA 2016
Richard, UK, 2014
Jan, UK, 2014 and 2015
Sanni, Finland, 2015
Johan, Finland, 2015
(he said other things but I feel this should be immortalised!)